Confusion over water boil notices

June 22, 2009 4:39:25 PM PDT
The hot weather is causing more water main breaks across certain parts of town. At least one of those breaks has led to a boil water notice for the Memorial Parkway subdivision in Katy. The breaks happen more frequently in hot, dry weather because of the increased demands for water and the subsequent stress on the water mains.

There is some confusion about the boil water notice here in the subdivision. Either way, the people who live here are very aware of how the summer heat is impacting their water.

The Memorial Parkway subdivision is the latest area in the West Houston/Katy area to experience problems with the water.

"We had a water main break this morning a few blocks over," said subdivision resident David Palmer.

The water main broke along Westgreen Parkway and the water pressure dropped, so the Southwest Water Company issued a boil water notice until lab tests can confirm the water is free of bacteria.

The controversy is over which neighbors are under the notice.

"So I did call the MUD (Municipal Utility District) building and they told me that I wasn't affected, but then my son called from downtown and said the newspaper was saying we were affected," said resident Joan Johnson.

Eyewitness News received an email forwarded from the Southwest Water Company that read, "This notice is only for the portion of the Memorial Parkway subdivision located in Harris County Municipal Utility District Number 81."

However, a woman at MUD 81 says that's not the case, that the boil water notice only affects these houses south of Highland Knolls Roads, in the Memorial MUD.

That could all change because three to five water mains are breaking a day in this area, all because of the hot dry weather.

The Southwest Water Company said, "We are experiencing breaks throughout the region due to the weather."

Regardless of the confusion, the neighbors here are being careful.

"I'm always very conservative, so I'm always very careful," said Johnson.

The confusion continues for residents, so many are playing it safe and boiling their water or drinking bottled water.

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